Khurram for pursuing inclusive policies to bridge prosperity gap

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ISLAMABAD, July 18 (APP): Minister for Commerce Engineer
Khurram Dastgir Khan has urged the developed nations to pursue more inclusive policies so that the prosperity gap between the developing and developed nations may be bridged in the foreseeable future.

He was delivering the Asia-Pacific Group statement at the
Group of 77 and China Ministerial Meeting on the sidelines of the 14th session of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, said a message received here Monday.

The minister said unequal participation of developing
countries in international economic and financial decision making, commodity dependence, debt overhangs and lack of access to required technologies was resulting in the rising inequality among countries.

The unilateral coercive measures were some of the long
standing challenges which continued to impede developing countries’ efforts to embark on a sustained growth trajectory, he added.

Commenting on the introduction of more complex technologies in the production methods such as 3-D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence, the minister said that the implications of such technologies for manufacturing, trade and employment patterns were quite uncertain and could have a profoundly negative impact on the organization of global value chains, trade flows and employment
prospects in many developing countries.

Khurram said UNCTAD should focus to reaffirm certain
key principles which should underpin principles of policy space, special and differential treatment, and common but differentiated responsibilities.

He was of the view that UNCTAD should ensure to continue its work in all three areas of its mandate, which were consensus building, policy advice and technical assistance.

He also urged the participants to establish new and
specialized Working Groups of UNCTAD to agree on initiating work on certain emerging issues which could benefit the cause of developing countries.

The minister emphasized the importance for the G-77 and China to jointly strive for a balanced action-oriented outcome from the meeting and bring out collective initiatives that may be taken by the Group to strengthen the capacity of developing counties to negotiate more effectively on trade and economic issues.

He proposed that the Group members might consider taking
measures to enhance UNCTAD’s analytical output by establishing a Trust Fund which would be earmarked for research and analysis on issues of urgent concern to developing countries.

He emphasized that the participants of the conference should also recognize the fundamental role of SDGs-focused investment policy, corresponding private-sector investment and a need for international investment reform in achieving SDGs.

He urged the G-77 to redouble its efforts to empower UNCTAD to effectively carry out its broad mandate on economic and trade issues.